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“A Questionable Client” by Ilona Andrews


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“A Questionable Client” by Ilona Andrews

This story is the first in the Dark and Stormy Knights anthology and takes place before the first in Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, but I think it does a great job describing the world she lives in, an Atlanta that endures waves of magic, where technology sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t.

Kate Daniels, a mercenary with the Knights of Merciful Aid, is hired as a bodyguard for a mysterious client whose current bodyguards are ditching out of the assignment. When Kate gets to the address, she meets the shape-shifter Saiman. For those who have read the series, this first meeting is especially interesting, but for those who haven’t Saiman is still a fascinating character, in kind of a creepy way. Kate spends the night protecting Saiman from all kinds of nasty things intent on killing him, all because he has something, actually swallowed something, very powerful.

Even for those not familiar with Kate Daniels, this is a good story. Kate has a wealth of knowledge and I loved how Russian mythology was worked into the story. Of course, Kate’s great with a sword and Saiman is just flat-out weird, and the combination makes it enjoyable. I’m often annoyed when short stories are part of series, whether I read the series or not, but in this case I think this one can stand on its own.

This is the only one I’ve read in the anthology, but I’m looking forward to some of the others.

John hosts Short Story Monday at The Book Mine Set. Head over there to see what he and others have been reading.

I borrowed my copy from the library and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.

Game Night – The Dresden Files RPG


We’re spending today at the Origins Game Fair, so hopefully I’ll have all kinds of games and info to share with you over the next few game night posts. One of the games I’m hoping to see while I’m here is a new release from Evil Hat Productions.

I’m not really into Role Playing Games, but I still have to at least check The Dresden Files RPG out. After all it’s based on a book series that David and I both enjoy and a world I always get a kick out of visiting.

Here’s the blurb for Volume 1:

Beneath the “normal” surface of the world are things and people which most of us don’t want to know about, and will do our best to forget about if we ever come near them. People won’t see what they don’t want to see.

But that’s most of us. And you—you’re not most of us.

What’s Your Story?

Whether you’re a champion of God, changeling, vampire, werewolf, wizard, or plain “vanilla” mortal human being, this volume of The Dresden Files RPG gives you all the rules you need to build characters and tell your own stories in the Dresdenverse. Inside, you’ll uncover the secrets of spellcasting, the extents of mortal and supernatural power, and the hidden occult reality of the unfamiliar city you call home.

And Volume 2:

We are wizards, cops, mechanics, werewolves, doctors, fairies, mobsters, reporters, holy warriors, and vampires.

We call upon the dark powers of the Never­never—or the darkness in human nature.

We are the monsters living next door or lurking behind a friendly face.

This is the Dresdenverse.

This is Our World.

This volume of The Dresden Files RPG gives you extensive detail on the factions, creatures, foes, and allies of the Dresdenverse. You’ll find over 200 creatures and characters complete with all the information you’ll need to bring them into your own game, as well as a detailed chapter on modern-day Occult Chicago by Kenneth Hite, and an original short story by Jim Butcher.

Together with Volume One: Your Story, The Dresden Files RPG: Our World gives you everything you need to make your own adventures in the thrilling and dangerous world of New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series!

Might just be enough to make me want to become a White Court Vampire for an evening.

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Werewolves or Vampires?


“Werewolves also have an agenda to keep to. You do realize that?”

“And you bloodsuckers, of course, are all sweetness and light with only my best interests at hear,” Alexia shot back, brushing Battenberg crumbs casually off her lap.

(pg. 96, Soulless by Gail Carriger)

I actually haven’t gotten this far in the book yet, so I’m not sure how “involved” Alexia is with the werewolves, but I do have a question for you. Werewolves or vampires, if you had to trust one which would it be? I personally tend to prefer werewolves, at least they’re alive.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Play along. The rules are easy and I only cheated a little. Grab your current read, open to a random page, and give us two teaser sentences. Remember, no spoilers.

I won my copy and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.

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